Tambaqui, Colossoma macropomum. (Photo: Embrapa)
Amazon plans to increase tambaquí production fivefold
Friday, August 02, 2013, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
The Government of Amazon, through the Ministry of Rural Production (Sepror), aims to increase the production of tambaquí (Colossoma macropomum) in the state in about 80,000 tonnes.
The goal is to increase the current production from 20,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes per year.
According to the secretary of Rural Production, Eron Bezerra, the project is at the completion phase and the idea is to start work by the end of 2013.
The increased production will materialize by building Balbina Aquaculture Park.
In November 2012, Sepror started tambaquí management in the adult phase to evaluate the productivity and the size of the fish, which are usually removed after six months.
As part of this pioneering initiative, the fry were left up to nine months to check the size and weight they would get in the adult stage, the official explained.
This is the first experience made with tambaquí in adult phase in the lake of Balbina. Bezerra stated the project is part of Rural Amazon's proposal to become self-sufficient in food production, using the potential of the lake.
According to the secretary, the result of the first harvest was positive. It was determined that each hectare can produce up to 500 tonnes of the resource.
"The Ministry of Fisheries, which is a partner in this project, is completing the study and research in the lake. Up to 1 per cent of the area, which equates to over 2,000 hectares, can be used. And the state can become self-sufficient in the field of fish farming," he concluded.
By Analia Murias